Here are our picks for the best networking events, panels and pitch sessions in Chicago for the month of March. If we missed an important or relevant one, let us know at

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Tuesday, March 6

International Women’s Day at Sprout Social
When & where: 4-5:30 p.m.; Sprout Social HQ, 131 S. Dearborn St., 7th Floor
How much? Free!
The event will include an evening of discussion, food and drink, and networking to celebrate International Women’s Day. Speakers include Daliah Sapar, an attorney at Saper Law, Keisha Howard, an entrepreneur and “geek culture” enthusiast, Mica Alaniz, a full stack engineer for the Democratic National Committee, and Tiffany Walden, the co-founder and editor of The TRiiBe.

Smart Women & Wealth
When & where: 5-7 p.m.; Level, 73 W. Monroe St., Fifth Floor
How much? Free!
The event, designed to celebrate International Women’s Day, will give attendees insight into retirement planning, education funding and investment strategies.

Wednesday, March 7

Chicago Inno’s Tech Madness 2018
When & where: 6-9 p.m.; Chicago Sports Museum, 835 N. Michigan Ave.
How much? $25-35
Our annual bracket challenge is designed to generate awareness and excitement for Chicago’s ecosystem.

Thursday, March 8

Chicago Career Fair
When & where: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; The Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 S. Michigan Ave.
How much? Free!
Attendees will have the chance to meet and interview with the top companies in Chicago that are currently hiring. The event is designed to allow attendees the opportunity to learn about these businesses and gain insight on where they might be a good fit.

BuiltIn Brews at Snapsheet
When & where: 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Snapsheet, 1 N. Dearborn St.
How much? $5
BuiltIn Chicago is hosting its monthly happy hour at Snapsheet to help attendees learn more about how the insuretech startup has partnered with more than 60 major players in auto insurance.

She Means Business: Celebrating International Women’s Day
When & where: 5:30-8 p.m.; Topstep Trader, 130 S. Jefferson St., Suite 200
How much? Free!
The panel discussion will focus on gender equality in the workplace and how to help women flourish in their careers. Panelists include Naima Prince, a budget and financial analyst at GSA, Lindsey Branding, controller at Hireology, Colleen Wilson, founder & CEO of Collaborate Chicago, Holly Glowaty, co-founder at K+H Connection and founding co-producer at Flourish, and Katharine Hebenstreit, president and COO at Link Capital.

International Women’s Day Entrepreneurial Workshop
When & where: 6-9 p.m.; WeWork Kinzie, 20 W. Kinzie St., 17th Floor
How much? $0-20
The workshop, designed for women entrepreneurs, small business owners and freelancers, will provide information about how women can establish themselves in positions of influence in competitive industries.

Friday, March 9

mHUB 1 Year Celebration
Where & where: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; mHUB, 965 W. Chicago Ave.
How much? Free!
To celebrate its one-year anniversary, the manufacturing incubator is hosting a day of panels, talks and company showcases.

MedTech Innovator 2018: Chicago Pitch Event
When & where: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1230
How much? $25
The event features pitches from medical device, diagnostic and digital health companies. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with MedTech Innovator partners, including investors, providers and senior executives from companies like Johnson & Johnson and BD.

Tuesday, March 13

Women In FinTech Initiative
When & where: 6-8 p.m.; FinTank, 333 S. Wabash Ave., Suite 2700
How much? Free!
The event will include a panel discussion on how women are currently positioned in the fintech industry and how they can improve their value, impact and future.

Thursday, March 15

Behind the Boom: Keynote and Conversation with Angie Bastian
When & where: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; Motorola Mobility, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Floor 18
How much? Free!
The event with feature Angie Bastian, founder of Angie’s Boomchickapop, who will share her entrepreneurial story of growing her small popcorn business from Mankato, Minn., to one of the top-selling snack brands on the market.

Monday, March 19

FaithTech Chicago Conversation Night
When & where: 6:30-8:30 p.m.; WeWork Fulton Market, 220 N. Green St.
How much? Free!
James Kelly, the founder of FaithTech, will host a discussion about the intersection of the Christian faith and technology.

Tuesday, March 20

When & where: 6:30-8 p.m.; The Blue Lacuna, 2150 S. Canalport, Floor 2
How much? Free!
The monthly mixer gives attendees an opportunity to network and share ideas with other Chicago-based founders of color in the tech startup ecosystem.

Wednesday, March 21

Start-Up Speed Date: Creative Enterprise Edition
When & where: 6-8:30 p.m.; 2112, 4245 N. Knox Ave.
How much? Free!
Startup Speed Date helps to foster new ventures in Chicago by helping entrepreneurs and developers form relationships in a fun and structured setting.

Wednesday, March 28

GovTech and Civic Applications in AWS
When & where: 5:30-9 p.m.; Outcome Health, 330 N. Wabash Ave., Suite 2500
How much? Free!
The panel discussion will include speakers, such as Larry Byers from Amazon Web Services, Tom Schenk, the chief data officer for the City of Chicago, and Nandini Ramani, chief engineering and operations officer at Outcome Health.

Thursday, March 29

Becoming a Software Developer
When & where: 6:30-8 p.m.; Fullstack Academy, 405 W. Superior St., Third Floor
How much? Free!
The panel will give attendees advice on how to become a developer and provide insight on what the job is like on a day-to-day basis.